The Catacombs Catacombs Credits Guide
Writers

PIP & JANE BAKER

A Matter of Balance

Husband & wife writing team; films Island Of The Burning Damned (1967), Captain Nemo & The Underwater City (1969); TV includes episodes of Dr Who (Mark Of The Rani, 1985, Trail Of A Time Lord part 3, 1986, Time & The Rani, 1987)

ELIZABETH BARROWS

With Anthony Terpiloff, Death's Other Dominion, The Infernal Machine

Born 1930, USA; died 1994

TONY BARWICK

One Moment of Humanity, The A B Chrysalis

Born in 1934, Barwick had worked as a lab technician and in computing when he was asked to add some computer verisimilitude to a Danger Man episode. He then wrote some action sequences for the episodes, before joining Anderson and expanding the original half-hour Thunderbirds episodes to a full hour. He began writing full episodes, and by Captain Scarlet he was a story editor, writing for this, Joe 90, Secret Service, UFO and The Protectors. He also worked on both Thunderbirds films, Doppelganger, and coscripted the unfilmed 5 Star 5. He also wrote most of the Terrahawks series and the Space police pilot. He also wrote for Randall & Hopkirk Deceased (1968), The Champions (1968), The Persuaders (1971), and he was script editor and writer on The Professionals (1978-83). He has written several novels with Donald James (as by James Barwick) and with Shane Rimmer.

GEORGE BELLAK

Breakaway; story consultant during early development

The American writer has written episodes of Thriller (1960), The Defenders (1961-64) and Cannon (1970-75). Winner of Writer's Guild of America award. He was born in 1919, and died in 2002.

He was recruited in August 1973, preparing a Writer's Guide in September, before leaving the show in October before filming began.

Christopher Penfold on George Bellak: Gerry and Sylvia wanted me to work on it and they were apologetic that ITC needed an American name script editor. I was very appreciative of that and I believe they went to the United States with the express purpose of finding somebody with whom I could work. I was very grateful to them for that. They found a man who indeed I got on very well with, and to this day George Bellak is a very close friend of mine. George got on extremely well with me but he very soon failed to get on with Gerry. George survived long enough to write the first and second drafts of the story that eventually became 'Breakaway' and he then went off back to the United States. 'The Void Ahead' was his title for it. In fact, quite a lot of what became 'Breakaway' is actually my work.

George had a very much looser attitude than Gerry towards the mechanics of science fiction. He was much more interested in using science fiction as a vehicle for expanding awareness about ordinary human characters. He was much more interested in human character than Gerry was. He was less concerned with the mechanical plot process which Gerry had in mind, driven largely by the requirements of multi commercial break broadcasts. George had much less patience with that than Gerry himself did. Also I think that there was a feeling, probably from Gerry, that George didn't have the level of commitment to Gerry and the series that he would expect. For George it was 'another job' and he was still busy writing plays for television in New York and Hollywood. He was living what is actually a very normal life for a freelance writer. Gerry, I think, felt he wasn't giving to Space: 1999 the full commitment he expected. I think also that George came to believe that the work he was doing in the United States was more important to him than the work he was doing on 'Space'. I was very sorry to see George go; he was a very humanising influence on the whole production. He was a very imaginative man and a very creative writer. We've kept in touch ever since and he's still a very good friend. He now writes books.

(2002 interview) George brought with him, in the short time he was involved with the project, enormous humanity. Victor Bergman was very much his creation. I think that the humanity that George brought to what was essentially a space fiction series was something that marked out Space 1999 series one.

(2012 interview) It's probably not widely appreciated just how much the show was shaped by the very first script. That was initially written by George Bellak, and he insisted on a powerful role for a woman at the head of the show. As indeed was the whole ethnic diversity of the cast.

TERRANCE DICKS

The Lambda Factor

Born 1935, Dicks was an advertising copywriter until he moved into writing drama, first for radio and later television, including episodes of Crossroads and The Avengers (1962-68). From 1968 to 1974 he was script editor on Dr Who, and afterwards he continued to write many scripts for the series. He also wrote Dr Who stage plays in 1974 and 1989, and most of the juvenile novelisations of Dr Who serials, numbering over 50 books. He also created and wrote the Moonbase 3 series in 1973, and he has written other juvenile books. In the 1980s he became a script editor for BBC television 'classic' serials, including an adaption of The Invisible Man in 1984.

TERENCE FEELY

New Adam, New Eve, The Bringers Of Wonder parts 1 & 2

A former political journalist, Feely has written books including Embrace The Sun and Limelight and an anthology of Henry James titled Affairs Of The Heart, which he adapted into a TV series. He has written 7 plays, including thrillers and more 'complex' plays. In 1966 he was story editor of the Mystery & Imagination series. He has written episodes of The Avengers (1961), The Prisoner (1969), UFO, The Persuaders (1971), Arthur Of The Britons (1972), The Protectors, The New Avengers (1976-77), and The Return of the Saint (1978). He created and wrote for the series The Gentle Touch (1979-85), Cat's Eyes (1985-87), and No. 10 (1983). He cowrote the miniseries Mistral's Daughter in 1984. He died in 2000, aged 72.

JOHN GOLDSMITH

Seed of Destruction

Born in 1947, Goldsmith has written 5 novels including the best selling Bullion, and non fiction including Voyage In The Beagle, about his own adventures aboard a square rigger in South America. In the mid 1980s he was editor of the Journals Of Stephen Spender, and the Chairman of the Writer's Guild Of Great Britain. He has written episodes of The Protectors, The New Avengers (1977), The Professionals (1978), The Return of the Saint (1979) and he wrote the series John Silver's Return To Treasure Island (1986), and the film of Roald Dahl's Danny, The Champion Of The World (1989). He often writes for director Kevin Connor, including the miniseries Great Expectations (1989), The Old Curiosity Shop (1994), The Apocalypse Watch (1997), In The Beginning (2000). Other miniseries include Kidnapped (1995), Coming Home (1998), David Copperfield (2000, with director Peter Medak), Victoria And Albert (2001).

DONALD JAMES

The Exiles, Journey to Where, The Seance Spectre

Born 1931, died 2008

Donald James was the penname of Donald James Wheal. He wrote two autiobiographies which describe his early life: World's End (2005) recounts his childhood in London in the late 1930s and early 1940s, White City (2007) continues the story of his family in post-War Britain. In 1964, he contributed a script for the ITV police series No Hiding Place, his breakthrough into writing for TV drama series.

James wrote episodes of The Saint (1968), The Champions (1968), Department S (1969), Randall & Hopkirk Deceased (1969), UFO (1970, uncredited series script editor), The Persuaders (1971), The Protectors (1972), and The Adventurer (1972). For Anderson, James cowrote the Anderson film Doppelganger (1969). As well as ITC series, he also wrote for The Avengers (1968), and a 1970 episode of the American series Mission Impossible.

UK TV companies lost interest in adventure series in the late 1970s, so James turned to thriller novels, beginning with A Spy at Evening (1977). His best-selling thrillers include The Fall Of The Russian Empire (1983), Monstrum (1997) and Vadim (2000). His last novel was Walking the Shadows (2003). He has also written several books with Tony Barwick (as James Barwick): Shadow of the Wolf (1978), The Hangman's Crusade (1981), The Devil at the Crossroads (1986), Kremlin Contract (1988). As well as his two autobiographies, other nonfiction includes The Penguin Dictionary of the Third Reich (new edition 2002, with James Taylor and Warren Shaw).

THOM KEYES

The Taybor

A science fiction writer and friend of Johnny Byrne, married to Regina von Kesslann (who gave her name to Regina Kesslann in Another Time, Another Place). He was born in 1949 in the USA, but raised in Britain. He wrote stories for Science Fantasy and New Worlds magazines. His first novel was All Night Stand, followed by Second Coming. He died in 1995.

JESSE LASKY JNR

The Full Circle (with Pat Silver)

Born in 1910, Lasky was the son of American pioneer producer Jesse Lasky. He became a screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1930s, writing scripts of the films Union Pacific (1939), Unconquered (1948), Samson and Delilah (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956) and Seven Women From Hell (1961). In World War 2 he served in the army. In 1962 he and his third wife, the actress and writer Pat Silver, moved to London, writing for television and film, including The Protectors, Marlowe- Private Eye (1984) and Hammer House Of Mystery & Suspense (1984). A small bearded man, Lasky was an accomplished swordsman, rider, tennis player, and an authority on weaponry and the wild west. His memoirs, Whatever Happened To Hollywood?, were published in 1973. He died in 1985.

EDWARD DI LORENZO

Ring Around The Moon, Missing Link, original concept for Alpha Child (uncredited).

Script editor (credited, but actually he did not on these scripts) Breakaway, A Matter Of Life And Death, Another Time, Another Place, Guardian Of Piri

Johnny Byrne on Edward di Lorenzo: Ed wrote Missing Link and Ring Around The Moon, but they were heavily rewritten by Chris [Penfold]. Wonderful man though he was, and a writer with a delicate touch and philosophical feel, Ed had problems with the type of story needed for Space at the time. His great love was the book he was writing. I think it was called White Light, and like his script work, it was poetic, delicate, a sort of post hippy Jonathan Livingstone Seagull (Chris's description). According to Chris, Ed left because he was fed up with the rewrite demands, and, anyhow, his book was his first priority. I was very sad and disappointed when he left because I felt he would have grown into the series and thus make it all the more special.

KEITH MILES

All That Glisters

Miles was born in Wales in 1940, but has lived in the West Midlands most of his life, and much of his work is based there. He read history at Oxford, and has written plays for TV, radio and stage. He wrote episodes of The Adventures Of Don Quick (1970), Edward VII (1975), Lillie (1978), and Disraelli (1979), and novelisations of the TV series Crossroads, Marco Polo (1983) and We'll Meet Again (1987). He has written over 40 books, many of them historical mysteries as well as fiction and nonfiction books about sport. Miles uses both his own name and the pen name Edward Marston.

IRVING GAYNOR NEIMAN

A Breath Of Death (unfilmed script)

Born 1916, died 1996. An American writer who produced an early unfilmed script for the series. Other credits include the Barbara Bain TV movie The Obsessive Doctor (1992).

JACK RONDER

Brian the Brain

Ronder wrote many episodes of Survivors (1975-76).

LEWIS SCHWARZ

The Mark of Archanon

Born Glasgow, 1926, died 1999. Although credited as "Lew Schwartz" on Space 1999, his surname is spelt "Schwarz" without a "t". He flew bombers in World War 2. After demobilisation he returned to Glasgow, but in the 1950s he moved to London to be a taxi driver. After meeting Spike Milligan in his cab, he began writing jokes for radio, and eventually joined with Eric Merriman to write the early sitcom Great Scott, It's Maynard (1955), followed writing solo for the Terry Scott sitcom Scott Free (1957), and as a semi-regular on The Army Game (1957). Working on the Charlie Drake Show (1963), led to success on other Charlie Drake series and films. He helped create and wrote for the hit series The Liver Birds (1969- 1979). He also worked on Carry on Laughing! (1975). He then became a creative writing teacher, and in 1998 published The Craft of Writing TV Comedy (Allison & Busby's Writer's Guides).

PAT SILVER

The Full Circle (with Jesse Lasky Jnr)

Born in Seattle, Silver created, wrote, acted and directed in a live children's programme Mabel's Fables (1949, nominated for an Emmy). She was an actress (using the name Barbara Hayden). After appearing in an episode of Rescue 8 (1958) she went on to write 3 more episodes for the series, on which Hollywood screen writer and author Jesse Lasky Jnr also worked. They married, and in 1962 they moved the Britain. Together they wrote 4 books, 8 films and over 100 TV scripts. Together, they wrote The Wizard of Baghdad (1960), and episodes of Danger Man (1966), The Saint (1965), The Protectors (1973), the docu-dramas The Explorers (1975), and Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1986). They were head writers of the Powers Boothe series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983, 1986)

In an interview in 2012, she stated she also wrote two other scripts for Space: 1999: one script titled The Silent Music and a draft titled The Valley of the Giants, with an alternative title Bats Out Of Hell.

DENNIS SPOONER

Lunar Commission scenes in Alien Attack film

Born in 1932, Spooner was a gag writer who entered TV in comedy. His first scripts were for Anderson's Supercar, but were unused, but he contributed to Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds, and he served as writer and story consultant on The Avengers (1961-68), Dr Who (1964, becoming story editor until 1965), The Champions (1966), Man In A Suitcase (1967, co-creator), Department S (1968), Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (1969, creator), Doomwatch, UFO (1969), Jason King (1971), The Protectors (1972), The Adventurer (1972), The New Avengers (1976-77), The Professionals (1977-78), Hammer House Of Mystery & Suspense (1984).

He died in 1986.

ANTHONY TERPILOFF

Earthbound, Collision Course, Catacombs of the Moon, and, with Elizabeth Barrows, Death's Other Dominion, The Infernal Machine

The Avengers (1962), The Return Of The Saint (1978)

ART WALLACE

Matter Of Life And Death (co-credit with Johnny Byrne)

Wallace co created and wrote for the series Dark Shadows (1966-67), and wrote episodes of The Invaders (1967), Star Trek (episodes Obsession, 1967, and Assignment Earth, 1968), and The Planet Of The Apes (1974).

DAVID WEIR

Black Sun original concept for Guardian Of Piri

Weir was the main writer on The Onedian Line (1974-78). He also wrote for The Troubleshooters/ Mogul (1966-70) and anglicised the Japanese series The Water Margin (1978).

MICHAEL WINDER

Devil's Planet

Winder wrote episodes of The Saint (3 episodes in 1967), The Avengers (1967), Ace Of Wands (1971) and cowrote the Canadian film Welcome To Blood City (1977).

CHARLES WOODGROVE

The Rules of Luton, The Beta Cloud, Space Warp

Pen name of producer Fred Freiberger


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